David Scott teaches at Columbia University, where he is a professor of anthropology. He is the author most recently ofConscripts of Modernity: The Tragedy of Colonial Enlightenment (2004) and editor (with Charles Hirschkind) ofPowers of the Secular Modern: Talal Asad and His Interlocutors (forthcoming 2005). He is also an associate editor of the new revised Macmillan/Thomson International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (forthcoming 2007).
Elena Machado Sáez is an assistant professor in the English department at Florida Atlantic University, where she teaches Caribbean literature. She is the author of “The Routes of Global Nostalgia in Cristina Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban,” published in Sargasso: A Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language, and Culture (2002), and is currently working on a book-length manuscript on the way Caribbean diasporic literature represents the intersections between globalization and Caribbean identity.
Jocelyne Guilbault is a professor of ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley. She has published several articles on ethnographic writings, aesthetics, and world music, and is the author of Zouk: World Music in the West Indies (1993). She is currently completing a book-length manuscript entitled “Governing Sounds: The Politics and Aesthetics of the Calypso Music Scene.”
Ifeona Fulani teaches African and African diasporic literatures and writing at New York University. Her research interests include black feminisms and Afro-futurism. She is the author of the novel Seasons of Dust (1997) and numerous short stories, and is currently working on a manuscript titled “Erzulie’s Daughters: Black Women Reconfiguring the Black Atlantic.”
Charles Campbell is a Jamaican-born artist whose work maps the relationship between meaning and image, particularly as it relates to his personal and cultural background. Educated in Canada and the United Kingdom, Campbell holds an MA in fine arts from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal. He has exhibited widely in North America, the Caribbean, and Europe, representing Jamaica in events such as the Santo Domingo Biennial, and in touring exhibitions and international festivals. He currently lives and works in Victoria, Canada.
Geoffrey Philp is the author the novel Benjamin, My Son (2003), the collection of short stories Uncle Obadiah and the Alien (1997), and four collections of poetry, among them, Hurricane Center (1998) and Xango Music (2001). His reviews, articles, poems, and short stories have also appeared in such forums as The Mississippi Review, The Caribbean Writer, The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories, and Small Axe. He teaches English and creative writing at Miami-Dade College.
Peter Dean Rickards is a writer and photographer whose work is available at www.afflictedyard.com. An image-maker par excellence, he is known for his work on the Puma campaign and has been published in XLR8R, Ragga, Trace, Jack, and Arena magazines.
Michelle Stephens teaches English, American, and African American studies at Mount Holyoke College. She has published pieces on Caribbean and American popular culture, black literature, and political thought, and is currently working on a book-length study of the writings of Marcus Garvey, Claude McKay, and C. L. R. James entitled Black Empire: The Masculine Global Imaginary of Caribbean Intellectuals in the U.S., 1914–1962 (forthcoming 2005).
Michael Hanchard is a professor of political science at Northwestern University. He is the author of Orpheus and Power: The Movimento Negro of Rio de Janeiro and SãoPaulo, 1945–1988 (1994) and editor of Racial Politics in Contemporary Brazil (1999). His new book, Party/Politics: Topics in Black Political Thought, is to be published in 2005.
Nadi Edwards is a senior lecturer in literatures in English at the University of the West Indies, Mona. He has published widely on West Indian literature and Caribbean popular culture, and is currently writing a book on anglophone Caribbean literary and cultural theories.
T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting is a professor of French and chair of African American studies at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Frantz Fanon: Conflicts and Feminisms (1998), Black Venus: Sexualized Savages, Primal Fears and Primitive Narratives in French (1999), and Negritude Women (2002), as well as coeditor (with Joy James) of The Black Feminist Reader (2000), coeditor (with Renée T. White) of Spoils of War: Women of Color, Cultures, and Revolutions (1997), and coeditor (with Lewis R. Gordon and Renée T. White) of Fanon: A Critical Reader (1996).
Brent Hayes Edwards teaches English at Rutgers University. He is the author of The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism (2003) and editor (with Robert G. O’Meally and Farah Jasmine Griffin) of Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies (2004). He is coeditor of the journal Social Text and serves on the editorial boards of Transition and Callaloo.